FAQ

Where do I park on race day? Following the signs at Centennial Park, there will be volunteers to help direct you to parking. Parking spaces in paved lots are limited, please plan on arriving early. All other parking will be in fields close to the race site. 

When does registration increase? We are currently running an Early Bird Registration special until September 1 when prices will increase to $35. Registration will increase to $40 starting November 1. Day-of registration is $45. If you choose to register for a VIP Express Pass the price is consistently $75 until race day.

Is there a Kids Run? No, we welcome children to join their families during the 5K. Children 12 years and younger can register at a discounted rate, but if your child would like to be timed, they need to be registered as an adult.  

What is the Express Pass? The Jingle Bell Run Express pass is a $75 registration option that offers participants additional perks at a “VIP” level. 

Can I raise the $75 through fundraising and earn Express Pass benefits? No, this is registration option only. 

Are dogs allowed? Yes! We love to jingle with our four-legged friends, but we do ask that they are always kept on a leash. Don’t forget- there is a costume contest for Best Dressed Dog.  

Are strollers allowed? Yes, strollers are allowed on the course. 

Is there a map of the course? Yes, see the Event Information tab for an aerial view of the 5K course. 

Will the event be cancelled if it is snowing? Running in a festive 5K can only be made better by some flurries! We do not cancel Jingle Bell Run in the event of snow unless there are serious weather concerns. All communications regarding inclement weather plans will be sent out via email closer to the event date. 

When and where is Packet Pick-Up before the race? We are excited to announce that Brain Training of America, formerly Brain Training of Maryland, is returning as the Official Packet Pick-Up Sponsor of the Ellicott City Jingle Bell Run! If you’re looking to avoid the lines on race day, come out to Brain Training of America, 8825 Stanford Blvd, Suite 140, Columbia, MD 21045, on Friday, November 30th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to pick up your bib, event shirt and bells and be ready to run ahead of everyone else on Saturday.  

What is Team Tailgate and how do I qualify? Team Tailgate is a fun opportunity for our Top 6 Fundraising Teams to enjoy some extra perks on race day. Each Team Tailgate Team gets their own “tailgating” area and snacks to help celebrate their fundraising successes. Check back on our website for additional perks soon!  A special thank you to our after party sponsor Grotts who will be providing pizza to our tailgate winners at the race.

How do I fundraise for the Jingle Bell Run? There are a number of different ways you can fundraise to help find a cure for arthritis at the Jingle Bell Run! One of the easiest ways is to direct your family, friends and co-workers to your personal fundraising page, or your team page, in Donordrive! 

You can also download the new and improved Jingle Bell Run Mobile App! (iPhone Android) This is ideal for people who are comfortable with their mobile phones and tablets. It allows you to ask for donations, recruit team members and track progress from your movable device via email, social media and text message. The app contains messages and social media posts that are ready for you to send and can be customized as needed. Best part? All posts from the mobile app automatically link back to your fundraising page. If you have any questions about fundraising or would like help, please contact Lexi Evans, aevans@arthritis.org, she’s happy to help! 

Someone wrote me a check or gave me cash as a donation to my team, how do I turn them in? We accept cash and check donations at the registration/check-In table on race day. If you would like to coordinate time with Jingle Bell Run staff to turn in your money in advance of the event, please contact Amanda Babcock, ababcock@arthritis.org

What if I need to change my registration? What if I can no longer participate? If you need to change your registration please contact Amanda Babcock at ababcock@arthritis.org and she will assist you. Unfortunately, we do not provide refunds. 

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